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author photo by Jeffrey Archer January 2012
  • Audi is releasing a limited production S5 dubbed the 4.2 Special Edition.
  • Production is limited to just 125 units, and prices start at $68,700 before destination.
  • The special edition is already on sale and features unique interior and exterior trim.

Audi's Facebook page recently played host to the unveiling of a new limited-production version of its sporty S5 coupe. Officially dubbed the S5 4.2 Special Edition, the new model will be limited to just 125 units and commemorates the S5's final production run with its V8 powerplant.

On the outside, the S5 4.2 Special Edition can be immediately distinguished from standard S5 models thanks to its Daytona Grey exterior finish, which is usually reserved for the high-performance, European market RS5. The sporty coupe also uses unique 19-inch "Rotor design" wheels, another distinctive exterior upgrade over the workaday model.

Inside, the S5 4.2 Special Edition also includes a series of unique revisions, from bi-color polar silver and black sport seats to silver contrast stitching on the seats, armrests, shifter and steering wheel. Other updates include a silver border on the coupe's floor mats, a piano black instrument cluster surround and liberal use of carbon fiber trim borrowed from the muscular RS5.

According to Audi, the S5 Special Edition features a standard 6-speed manual transmission and an optional 6-speed Tiptronic automatic. Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers and front and rear limited-slip differentials, while power comes from the same brawny 354-horsepower V8 as Audi's regular S5.

The S5 Special Edition marks the end of the line for the V8-powered S5. According to Audi, 2013 S5 models will receive a face-lift, as well as a new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that puts out 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. While neither figure represents an increase over its predecessor, Audi says torque and power come lower in the rev range, leading to improved acceleration and performance.

The new S5 Special Edition is already arriving in dealerships. Audi says versions equipped with a manual transmission will start at $68,700 before destination, while Tiptronic models are available from $69,900.

What it means to you: The S5 4.2 Special Edition is a great opportunity to own a highly exclusive S5 with the powerful outgoing V8.

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